According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eating meals away from home is associated with a higher body weight. This is due to many factors; for example, food prepared away from home is typically higher in calories, fat, and sodium, and tends to come in larger portion sizes. Food served at sports and music venues is of particular interest, because these venues have a captive audience in which no outside foods or beverages are allowed. Therefore, it is especially important to ensure that healthy options are available in these settings.
The Bon Secours Wellness Arena, popularly called “The Well,” is Greenville’s premiere concert and sports venue. The Well features well-known music artists from all genres, is home to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team, and has hosted other high-interest events such as the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In the fall of 2016, LiveWell Greenville partnered with the Well, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, and Centerplate to create healthier options at the Well. Patrons visiting the Well have the option of purchasing food at three different locations: concession stands, the Stella Lounge, or in the Suites. Chef Luke Clevenger of Centerplate, in partnership with the LiveWell on the Menu team, worked to create new, BeWell LiveWell options to be added to the concession stands, Stella Lounge, and the Suites menus. All LiveWell Approved meals meet LiveWell Greenville’s criteria for calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium, and fiber.
Now, patrons visiting the Well are able to choose BeWell LiveWell options at the concession stands, in the Stella Lounge, and in the suites. Some of these options include Grilled Salmon and Bok Choy, Grilled Shrimp and Kale Salad, and a Fresh Fruit Yogurt Parfait. In addition, families who order the family fun pack now have the option of getting refillable souvenir water cups instead of soda as their drink.
Thank you to the Well, Bon Secours St. Francis, and Centerplate for helping us “make the healthy choice the easy choice” for thousands sports and music fans!